Why Amazon Wins
Google Home is better in some ways, including tight integration with Google services, more customization options and outstanding sound. But Amazon's trio of devices outshine Google's in other ways. Here's where Alexa wins.
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Far More Skills
The sheer number of things Alexa can do is pretty astounding. There are now more than 10,000 Alexa skills, ranging from the ability to order a pizza to stream the latest headlines. It can even be used to help you order a car, listen to audiobooks, and much more. Google Home is adding more skills but has a long way to go to catch up.
Bluetooth Built In
Amazon's line of smart home devices come with some nifty features for playing audio around the house. With Bluetooth, you can stream content to your Amazon Echo from any service. So, while Apple Music might not be supported in the Echo's list of services, you can stream your Apple Music content over the air to your Echo for full audio listening.
With Google Home, you don't get Bluetooth and you're limited to the services that are integrated into the device.
Amazon Shoppers, Rejoice!
Arguably one of the best Amazon Alexa features is its support for online shopping. With your Echo in tow, you can activate it and ask it to place orders on your Amazon account. The order is then placed and you can buy products without ever opening your Amazon app or hitting the browser. You can't do that with Google Home.
Outstanding Amazon Services Integration
If you're an Amazon services user, you'll want to get yourself an Amazon Echo. For instance, if you subscribe to Amazon Prime Music, you can tell Echo (or the other Amazon smart home devices) to turn on the tracks of your choosing, start up playlists, and more. And since Amazon owns Audible, you can rely on your Echo to play audiobooks, too.
More Options to Choose From
When you buy a Google Home, you can choose the color you like. But Amazon is different. If you want the all-in-one device, you can get the Echo and have full speaker-and-microphone integration. The more affordable Echo Dot is designed for those who want to save some cash and just issue commands to Alexa. And if you want to listen to music on the go, the portable Amazon Tap is your friend.
Better Smart Home Control
While Google Home supports many popular smart home devices, including lights, smart plugs and thermostats, the Echo and Amazon are in the lead with a richer array of Alexa compatible products. For example, Alexa supports both the Ecobee 3 and Nest thermostats, while Google Home just does Nest. Want to use a smart switch? Alexa does WeMo and TP-Link and Google just does WeMo.
Alexa On the Cheap
If you're solely comparing the Amazon Echo and Google Home, you'll find that Google's option is cheaper at $129 compared to $179 for the Echo. However, if you want all the features Alexa has to offer, you can save a bundle of cash by opting for the $49 Echo Dot. And if you want an Alexa-enabled speaker that can match the Google Home's price, consider the $129 Amazon Tap.